What will I learn?

Become a licensed professional counselor, ready to tackle the systematic inequities in the educational system

Commit to disrupting the status quo and eliminating mental health disparities with a MEd in Community Counseling. Our nationally recognized faculty are experts in social justice and ready to work with you to confront racism, achievement gaps, and other discrimination in our education system.

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with a MEd degree in community counseling from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to work as a licensed professional counselor and pursue additional advanced degrees with a research focus.


You'll understand the social-cultural contexts of human development, and apply this knowledge in an ethical, reflective, and culturally-responsive manner. With Chicago as your classroom, you'll have firsthand experiential learning opportunities at community mental health agencies and level-one trauma centers, researching action-oriented projects that have an immediate impact on the community.


You'll evaluate research, appreciate the contribution of empirical inquiry to the solution of applied problems, and apply your own research findings in practice.


Our goal is to prepare culturally sensitive practitioners who, regardless of the setting, base their practices on scholarly inquiry. You'll be committed to social justice, and embrace the role of change agent and advocate in our education system.


Completion of the MEd degree program requires 48 semester hours of graduate study focused in two major areas: counseling core and a specialty area. This includes 700 clock hours of practicum and internship experience (taken for six semester hours of credit). Students must also take and pass a comprehensive examination during their final semester of study. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
USD $970 per credit hour
Start date

Expected August 2022


School of Education

Loyola University Chicago,

820 N. Michigan Ave, Lewis Towers 11th Floor,



60611, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The Graduate School welcomes applications from international students who have completed a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent.

For international students

Applicants seeking admission must have a undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least a 3.0.

English language requirements:

For the TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test or 550 on the written test is required. The minimum score for the new TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) is 79.

For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required.


Fall: January 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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